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Valentine Steps Into College Athletics For First Time As New Sacred Heart AD
Published February 27, 2013
VALENTINE'S DAY: On Long Island, Anthony Rieber writes Valentine was "pure 'Bobby V' during his news conference / pep rally in the campus student center." He was "well-spoken, funny, charming, irascible and boastful." He answered a question about how long he expected to work at the school with "a joke about once having a lifetime contract in Japan that was the lifetime of the owner's dog" (NEWSDAY, 2/27). In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs writes, "Let's face it, Valentine might be the smartest man in the room, but he has so, so much to learn about the NCAA and operating a 31-varsity team program." Jacobs: "This much is sure. Sacred Heart got a lot of bang out of Valentine on this day" (HARTFORD COURANT, 2/27). In Boston, Ron Borges writes Valentine yesterday was a "favorite son coming home to the college down the street to help a school ... grow its brand." The thought is he "knows everyone in Connecticut, a fact he made clear when he gave a shout out to a local clothier he spied in the crowd." He could have "slowed down, but that is not his strong suit." His strong suit is "accepting roles like this, ones that bring new challenges and the discomfort that goes with them" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/27).
BOBBY'S WORLD: Valentine said that he has a "gig as a sports analyst for NBC radio and that he’ll have a show throughout the baseball season." In N.Y., Anthony McCarron reports Valentine "hopes to bring the show to campus and have students work on it" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/27). In Connecticut, Dave Ruden writes, "Make no mistake, Valentine is not going to be cutting back." He said that he will "remain active with his baseball academy, his restaurant." He just "started The Bobby Valentine channel on YouTube," and is "on the board of several companies" (STAMFORD ADVOCATE, 2/27).